Wang Zhengwei
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Chairman of Ningxia
In office
May 12, 2007 – April 23, 2013
Preceded byMa Qizhi
Succeeded byLiu Hui
Personal details
BornJune 1957 (age 65)
Political partyChinese Communist Party
Alma materNingxia University

Wang Zhengwei (Chinese: 王正伟, Xiao'erjing: وْا ﺟْﻊ وِ; born June 1957) is a Chinese politician, economist, and expert on Islamic affairs. Of Hui ethnic heritage, Wang served as the Chairman of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission between 2013 and 2016, and Chairman (Governor) of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region between 2007 and 2013. He is currently a Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.


Wang was born in Tongxin County, Ningxia, to a Hui Chinese family. After graduating from university, he went back to his hometown to work as an accountant and as a local Communist Youth League organizer. After the Cultural Revolution, he worked on hydraulics projects for a year. He entered Ningxia University in 1977 and majored in Chinese. He joined the Chinese Communist Party in 1981.

After graduating, he became a propaganda official, serving in his home county. In January 1984 he was sent to work for the autonomous region's party organization in Yinchuan, where he climbed through the ranks with a series of administrative and research positions. He eventually was promoted the head the regional propaganda department and entered the regional party standing committee as a result. He also served as party chief of Yinchuan.[1]

Wang was long involved in Hui ethnic affairs, and has written many papers on the economy and culture of the Hui people. In 1988 he was sent as part of a delegation to Turkey to participate in an international Islamic culture conference. Wang made a name for himself as a resident expert in the economy of predominantly Islamic states, conducting extensive research on middle eastern countries.[2]

In September 2000, Wang was admitted into the Ethnic Affairs Institute of the Minzu University of China where he earned a doctorate studying the economic structure of Muslim countries. The Financial Times reported, in February 2019, that Wang had plagiarised 17 paragraphs from a prior academic work in his doctoral thesis presented in 2003 to the university.[3]

In 2004, Wang became Executive Vice Chairman of the Ningxia regional government, and on May 12, 2007 was named acting chairman of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, confirmed in January 2008.[4]

After the 12th National People's Congress in 2013, Wang was appointed to head the State Ethnic Affairs Commission. During this time he had been pushing for legislation concerning halal certification.[5] He was also named a Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, ascending to sub-national ranks. On April 2, 2015, Wang was named deputy head of the United Front Work Department, creating an unprecedented situation where two leaders of the department (alongside Sun Chunlan) were of sub-national rank.[6]

Wang is an alternate member of the 16th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (elevated to full membership during the 4th conference of the committee), and a full member of the 17th and 18th Central Committees. He is also the chairman of Ningxia Social Science Association, a member of the Chinese Ethnic Writers Association and a member of the Ningxia Writers Association.

In 2022, As part of Xi Jinping’s ethnic assimilation policy, the Chinese Communist Party authorized a corruption inquiry into Wang Zhengwei. The investigation was initiated because party officials felt that Wang had promoted “unrestrained Muslim culture” while in office. This included "promoting certification of halal foods" and encouraging "the building of mosques on a relatively grand scale".[7][8]


  1. ^ "崔波同志接替王正伟同志担任银川市委书记". 新浪网. Retrieved 2015-04-15.
  2. ^ "王正伟代理宁夏回族自治区主席郝林海任副主席 -". 中国网. Retrieved 2015-04-15.
  3. ^ "Top Chinese officials plagiarised doctoral dissertations". Financial Times. 27 February 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  4. ^ "宁夏回族自治区政府主席王正伟". 大公网. Retrieved 2015-04-15.
  5. ^ "Regulating halal food is creating headaches for the government". The Economist. 8 October 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  6. ^ Chan, Minnie (2013-03-20). "Ethnic Affairs Boss Faces Brick Wall". South China Morning Post. Beijing. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  7. ^ "China Launches Investigation Into Official Who Promoted Respect for Islam". Wall Street Journal. March 17, 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "全国政协副主席王正伟被查 疑因抵触民族同化政策". RFA Chinese. March 18, 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
Government offices Preceded byYang Jing Chairman of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission 2013–2016 Succeeded byBagatur